(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 34: The Telephone Numbers

The Telephone Numbers

The Telephone Numbers from San Francisco are a band in love with 80s powerpop, 60s folk rock and Teenage Fanclub. Earlier this year they released a single called Leviathan that is not included on their debut album. The album is called The Ballad of Doug. The project is helmed by Thomas Rubenstein with the aid of some other local musicians like Glenn Donaldson, who also helped record and mix the record. It’s out on Spanish label Meritorio as well as cassette on Paisley Shirt Records.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 34: Massage

Massage

When Andrew Romano and Alex Naidus first met in 2007, Naidus had just joined a band with his friends Kip Berman and Peggy Wang: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart.
When Naidus finally left Pains for L.A. in 2013, two hit albums and a few world tours later, he started playing with Romano to recapture the suburban-garage joy of making music for its own sake. It was “friendship incarnate,” Naidus remembers. The other members of Massage came from within the friend circle: Gabrielle Ferrer (keyboard/vocals) is Romano’s sister-in-law, Michael Felix (drums) is one of Naidus’ best friends, and David Rager (bass) is a childhood friend of Felix’s. When Felix moved to Mexico City in early 2020, Naidus’ wife, Natalie de Almeida, stepped in.
Massage first album, 2018’s Oh Boy, was a heartfelt tribute to their chosen heroes: The Feelies, the Go-Betweens, Twerps, Flying Nun. Their sophomore effort is called Still Life and is out now on Mount Saint Mountain and Bobo Integral.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 33: Paisley Shirt Records

Paisley Shirt Records

Paisley Shirt Records is a San Francisco-based cassette label run by Kevin Linn, that likes lo-fi pop, experimental outsider music, and post-punk. Their motto is “Listen to The Boy In The Paisley Shirt by Television Personalities and you’ll get a good idea of what we’re about.”

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 32: Flowertown

Flowertown

Flowertown’s sweet lo-fi melodies evoke a landscape of beautifully distant sadness. Karina Gill and Mike Ramos front their own projects (Cindy and Tony Jay, respectively), but have joined together in May 2020 for a 6-track cassette EP to raise funds for Peter Hurley’s Hit Gallery. A second cassette EP, Theresa Street, came out in August (both for Paisley Shirt Records), and now the EPs are bound together into a debut (eponymous) vinyl LP from Mount St. Mountain.

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(Make Me a) TRISTE© Mixtape Episode 31: Flora Hibberd

Flora Hibberd

Flora Hibberd was born in London in 1995, and has been living in Paris since she was eighteen. Her debut EP The Absentee, out on Clearlight Records was released in 2019 to critical acclaim (it was one of the best eps of 2019 according to us). In September 2020 she released her second EP, Archipelago Finnish grreart webzine One Chord To Another named Archipelago “EP of the Year 2020”. On 25 June, Flora released her first album, ‘Hold’.

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